blunder

[bluhn-der]
noun
1.
a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That's your second blunder this morning.
verb (used without object)
2.
to move or act blindly, stupidly, or without direction or steady guidance: Without my glasses I blundered into the wrong room.
3.
to make a gross or stupid mistake, especially through carelessness or mental confusion: Just pray that he doesn't blunder again and get the names wrong.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bungle; botch: Several of the accounts were blundered by that new assistant.
5.
to utter thoughtlessly; blurt out: He blundered his surprise at their winning the award.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English blunderen, blondren, (v.) < Old Norse blunda shut one's eyes, nap; compare Norwegian dialect blundra

blunderer, noun
blunderingly, adverb
nonblundering, adjective, noun
nonblunderingly, adverb
outblunder, verb (used with object)
superblunder, noun
unblundering, adjective


1. error. See mistake.
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blunder (ˈblʌndə)
 
n
1.  a stupid or clumsy mistake
2.  a foolish tactless remark
 
vb (often foll by about, into, etc)
3.  to make stupid or clumsy mistakes
4.  to make foolish tactless remarks
5.  to act clumsily; stumble: he blundered into a situation he knew nothing about
6.  (tr) to mismanage; botch
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blunda to close one's eyes, Norwegian dialect blundra; see blind]
 
'blunderer
 
n
 
'blundering
 
n, —adj
 
'blunderingly
 
adv

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blunder
mid-14c., "to stumble around blindly," from O.N. blundra "shut one's eyes," from PIE base *bhlendh- (see blind). Meaning "make a stupid mistake" is first recorded 1711.
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Example sentences
Neuroscientists have a frozen mistake of their own, and it is a spectacular
  blunder.
It was worse than a crime, it was a blunder.
Einstein admitted that the cosmological constant was his biggest blunder.
You can argue that it was an accident, that it wasn't policy, that it was a
  well-meaning blunder.
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